Deep Run Roots

Deep Run Roots

Stories and Recipes From My Corner of the South

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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Vivian Howard, star of PBS's A CHEF'S LIFE, celebrates the flavors of North Carolina's coastal plain in more than 200 recipes and stories.

This new classic of American country cooking proves that the food of Deep Run, North Carolina--Vivian's home--is as rich as any culinary tradition in the world.
Organized by ingredient with dishes suited to every skill level--from beginners to confident cooks--DEEP RUN ROOTS features time-honored simple preparations, extraordinary meals from her acclaimed restaurant Chef and the Farmer, and recipes that bring new traditions to life. Home cooks will find photographs for every single recipe.
As much a storybook as it is a cookbook, DEEP RUN ROOTS imparts the true tale of Southern food: rooted in family and tradition, yet calling out to the rest of the world.
Ten years ago, Vivian opened Chef and the Farmer and put the nearby town of Kinston on the culinary map. But in a town paralyzed by recession, she couldn't hop on every new culinary trend. Instead, she focused on rural development: If you grew it, she'd buy it. Inundated by local sweet potatoes, blueberries, shrimp, pork, and beans, Vivian learned to cook the way generations of Southerners before her had, relying on resourcefulness, creativity, and the old ways of preserving food.
DEEP RUN ROOTS is the result of those years of effort to discover the riches of Eastern North Carolina. Like The Fannie Farmer Cookbook , The Art of Simple Food , and The Taste of Country Cooking before it, this is landmark work of American food writing.
Recipes include: Family favorites like Blueberry BBQ Chicken, Creamed Collard-Stuffed Potatoes, Fried Yams with Five-Spice Maple Bacon Candy, Chicken and Rice, and Country-Style Pork Ribs in Red Curry-Braised Watermelon, Crowd-pleasers like Butterbean Hummus, Tempura-Fried Okra with Ranch Ice Cream, Pimiento Cheese Grits with Salsa and Pork Rinds, Cool Cucumber Crab Dip, and Oyster Pie, Show-stopping desserts like Warm Banana Pudding, Peaches and Cream Cake, Spreadable Cheesecake, and Pecan-Chewy Pie, And 200 more quick breakfasts, weeknight dinners, holiday centerpieces, seasonal preserves, and traditional preparations for all kinds of cooks. ---
Interior photographs by Rex Miller. Jacket photograph by Stacey Van Berkel Photography. Illustrations by Tatsuro Kiuchi.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780316381109
Branch Call Number: 641.5975 HOW
Characteristics: xi, 564 pages :,illustrations (chiefly colour), map
Additional Contributors: Miller, Rex (Cinematographer)


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debwalker Jul 21, 2017

Fascinating stories and recipes from the Deep South - and food as a pathway to understanding each other. Beautiful and BIG (500+ pages)!

Jun 25, 2017

Cookbook-award winner Vivian Howard shares her North Carolina region’s food specialties in an innovative cookbook that’s part information and recipes, part memoir.

I chuckled that I liked the same recipes that another library user did as they’d turned back the same few pages I would have marked. It’s probably not a cookbook Minnesotans would cook from much, but as a ‘foodie’ it was intriguing to see her cooking evolution from the down-home classics to the adaptations she and her husband serve in their restaurants. And, her chapter organization by food ingredient—blueberries, sweet potatoes, sausage, etc—made good reading. Who knew beets, rutabagas and turnips were NC specialties!

Mar 09, 2017

I loved reading this book even tho' i'm not fond of some of the ingredients. Highly recommend it if you enjoy cookbooks with great recipes and the stories behind them. Vivian has a warm amusing way of writing that entertains while you learn about a very different way of life than California.

hershyd Feb 28, 2017

I'm a big fan of " It's a Chef's Life" It's a down to earth farm to table show. The Cookbook was nice to read but i was hoping for something a bit more simplistic.

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